Scouting the Big 12: Texas
The strength of the senior NFL-talent lay
on the offensive line. Tackle
Jonathan Scott is a big, athletic blocker who opens holes for the running
game or gets to the second level and annihilates linebackers.
A solid position blocker, he adjusts in pass protection and plays
with solid fundamentals. Anchoring
at the point, Scott easily turns opponents from the play and is effective in
terrific upside, Scott could land in the first round with a dominant as well as
consistent senior season
and more importantly, solid interviews prior to April's draft.
Teammate Will Allen is another effective position blocker who
rarely gives up in inch of room.
Easily riding rushers from their angle of attack, Allen engulfs defenders
then removes them from the action.
Lacking adjustment and not overly comfortable in space, he is best in
confined quarters yet is a solid second-day pick in 2006.
Two juniors on the line have NFL-potential starting with right tackle Justin Blalock. Powerful,
Blalock drives opponents off the line run blocking or anchors in pass
he makes excellent use of body positioning and is a solid athlete. Kasey Studdard is a nasty blocker at guard who looks to hit as many opponents as
possible during a single snap.
Strong at the point, Studdard has difficulty in space and is a small
area blocker. Keep an
eye on senior backup Mike Garcia, a dominant run blocking guard.
Productive the past two seasons, tight end David Thomas now becomes the
full-time starter and is a prospect NFL-scouts like.
A solid pass catcher, Thomas is intelligent and works hard in all
good recognition, he consistently comes away with the important grab.
Possessing just marginal blocking strength, Thomas looks like a second
tight end in the NFL. Junior
quarterback Vince Young is a tremendous athlete with great upside for the
next level. Possessing
a live arm, Young easily gets the ball downfield or zips passes into targets.
Fleet footed, he has the ability to improvise when plays break down and
is a creative ball carrier that picks up a lot of yardage. Needing to
significantly improve his pass placement, Young is usually high of the mark and
must learn to put touch on throws.
More importantly, Young must significantly improve his defensive reads and
learn to become a passer rather than just a thrower.
As is the case almost every year Texas offers several solid defensive
lineman starting with Rodrique Wright.
A top athlete that makes plays in every direction, Wright is quick off
the snap, wedges between double team blocks and gets a lot of momentum going up
the field. Playing
with leverage, he offers solid size and is tough to handle yet must become
faster shedding blocks.
Wright is also not the most instinctive defender yet the combination of
athleticism, size and the position he plays could move him into the first round
next year. Teammate Larry
Dribbles is significantly smaller yet a resilient lineman who plays with
outstanding leverage, firing up the field in run defense.
Easily handled at the point of attack, Dribbles is swallowed-up by blocks
and may only be effective in certain NFL schemes.
Junior end Tim Crowder is an athletic pass rusher who displays
excellent range and ability in pursuit.
Handled at the point of attack, Crowder must improve his playing strength
yet offers good upside for the next level.
Linebacker Aaron Harris is an explosive and fast defender. Flashing
on the scene, Harris can run with tight ends in coverage but does not take
proper angles to the action and at times completely overruns plays.
Also undersized, he is slowed moving through the trash.
A middle linebacker at Texas, Harris has potential as a weak side
defender in the NFL. In
the defensive backfield Michael Huff has been a productive secondary
player since his freshman year.
Instinctive and quickly diagnosing the action, Huff displays good skills
in man coverage, consistently positioning himself to make a play on the ball.
Huff has been used at strong safety yet his cover skills are good enough
to get serious consideration at cornerback in the NFL.
A solid senior campaign coupled with good showings in the post season
will push him into the initial 45 selections.
Cedric Griffin possesses good size at cornerback and is a solid
athlete with a great burst of closing speed.
Griffin likes to get involved in the action yet does not display top
awareness and or ball skills. He offers a
good degree of upside and his draft ranking would significantly improve after a
good senior campaign.
Texas Prospect List